SAN ANTONIO – They call it suicide by police – when someone deliberately behaves in a threatening manner, with intent to provoke a lethal response from police.
Police were initially tipped off Friday night by a concerned friend that a 21-year-old man was feeling depressed and suicidal. He was threatening to kill his family – and then kill himself.
When police arrived at 123 Hillsdale on the West Side shortly after 11 p.m., they discovered the suspect on his hands and knees in the back alleyway, holding a rifle.
“He stood up with the rifle. Both officers fired. He was struck three times,” explained San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. “He stood up as the police approached him. They were at the mouth of the alley. He was maybe fifteen yards in. As he stood up, he was holding the rifle. The officers felt threatened, and at some point thereafter they shot – both officers.”
No officers were injured.
The man was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
“I don’t know if his injuries are life-threatening or not,” said McManus.